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MBC SET TO LAUNCH PAY TV PACKAGE USING GI'S DIGICIPHER(TM) TECHNOLOGY

 CHICAGO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC), the world's leading international satellite-delivered news and entertainment service broadcasting in Arabic, is set to launch a package of subscriber channels on wireless technology provided by General Instrument Corporation (NYSE: GIC). The announcement of the new service, which will launch with the Arabian Peninsula in 1994, joins an earlier agreement to purchase General Instrument's DigiCipher(TM) digital compression technology.
 The initial channels offered will include: MBC2, a movie channel; MBC3, a family, entertainment and educational channel; and MBC4 general entertainment. There will also be a news channel and a sports channel. Other channels will be offered as demand increases. The new service will launch inn the major cities in the Arabian Peninsula.
 The MBC channels will be compiled from produced and purchased programming and will benefit from the popularity and channel loyalty that is enjoyed by MBC1 in all Arab countries. Negotiations are well advanced with producers of new and sports programs, with a final decision on the main suppliers being made shortly.
 MBC will offer its channels as a package or individually with a minimum of three channels being sold. MBC1 will remain a free channel available to all viewers and advertisers and will be used to detail and publicize the subscription channels, which will be provided in cooperation with GI.
 MBC is available to 18 million viewers in the Gulf, Europe and North and Central Africa on Eutelsat and the Arab Network of America
 All MBC channels will originate from a new 100,000 square foot studio and office complex being built in south London. The MBC studio will house state-of-the-art digital technology in three studios, production and editing suites and a large receive and transmit satellite dish farm.
 General Instrument Corporation is a world leader in broadcast transmission, distribution and access control technologies for cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting applications, as well as in discrete power rectifying components. GI has joined with other all- digital proponents for the U.S. HDTV standard in a "Grand Alliance" that will share technology and potential future royalties.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Barthold of General Instrument Corporation, 215-956-6448/
 (GIC)


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